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Everything you know about Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro so far

Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will officially launch on October 19th. Smartphone details are usually known long before they are released. This is one of the causes of an unintended leak, Google itself He has already given us a lot of information about the hardware of the device.

There’s a lot of excitement with Pixel 6 as Google seems to be adopting hardware for the first time … well, so far. While Pixel smartphones have always been a way to showcase Google’s software and AI chops, as opposed to hardware showcases, Pixel 6 seems to be a dramatic point in the specs department.

We still expect Google to keep it A few Surprise that sleeve — at least we hope so — this is what we’ve ever known about the phone. To keep your expectations down, we’ve split this list into details we know directly from Google and what we’ve learned from the rumored factory.

Official: Google is migrating to its own custom “Tensor” processor

The biggest news about the Pixel 6 is the confirmation that Google has designed a custom processor. Google tensor.. This chip is present in both regular and Pro models of the device and should allow for many cool new software tricks.

Google Tensor is “competitive” in raw processing power, but its true strengths are AI and machine learning tasks, and Google claims to improve cameras, voice commands, translations, captions, and dictation. ..

Official: It has a very different design language than a rugged camera

Starting with Pixel 4 in 2019, Pixel smartphones look basically the same with a “squirrel” -shaped camera bump and a matte body design. The Pixel 6 points in a completely different direction with a huge “camera bar” that indicates that the phone will eventually use a large camera sensor, as well as a two-tone color scheme above and below this camera bar. ..

Today’s Pixel smartphones remain competitive due to the effectiveness of Google’s image processing, but software alone cannot control the competition. It’s time for Google to use the camera hardware to chop the software.

I think it looks pretty fashionable, but it looks subjective.

Official: It has more competitive specs all around

Before digging deeper into the rumors and leaks, here are some other details that Google officially revealed prior to the phone’s launch:

  • The Pro has three cameras, and the regular model has only two. The latter does not have a telephoto lens.
  • The new camera captures 150% more light than the Pixel 5.
  • The front camera is in the middle of the phone.
  • The smaller Pixel 6 has a 6.4-inch screen with a refresh rate of 90Hz.
  • The screen of the Pixel 6 Pro is 6.7 inches and the refresh rate is 120Hz.
  • Phone uses Google’s new Material you Of course, Android 12 includes a UI.
  • The device is “built at most layers of hardware security on any phone,” including the company’s Titan security chip.

Leak: Google Tensor may have a very rare collection of processing cores

While we are listing Formally If you know about the above processors, leaks can give you a little more detail about what could make this processor more unique. For more information This articleHowever, one of the most fascinating rumors about the chip is the use of dual high-power “Cortex X1” cores.

Most of today’s flagship Android smartphones use three core types: the low-power Cortex A55 core, the medium-power Cortex A78 core, and the high-power Cortex X1 core. Google Tensor seems to be the first phone to use dual X1 cores. This can provide excellent performance for tasks that require high clock speeds.

On the other hand, the rest of the core looks weaker than the ones in other Android flagships, so it’s interesting to see how Google balances performance and battery life with this unique placement. And this goes without saying how the AI-focused part of the chip is designed.

Leak: The primary camera sensor is reported to be huge

For the past few years, Google has used relatively small camera sensors, at least among its flagship phones.In fact, the 1 / 2.55 inch camera sensor Pixel 3, And the sensor was actually smaller than that of the Pixel 1. In other words, Google hasn’t made any meaningful upgrades to the image quality of its primary camera sensor since 2016. It may be a millennium in the tech industry.

But with Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, it looks like the company is finally using the right camera hardware for its software. Google is likely to use Samsung GN1 sensorThe largest 50MP, 1 / 1.31 inch imaging chip on the market, almost four times the size of the Pixel 5. For reference, here’s how the leaked marketing image shows the difference in size:

Pixel 6 sensor size and Pixel 5

As mentioned above, new sensor and lens combinations can capture 150% more light, and larger sensors tend to have correspondingly higher dynamic range and color accuracy.Sensor too efficient It’s up to Google to implement that feature, but it’s about shooting 1080p slow motion at 400fps.

Leak: Introducing some wild new camera tricks such as “Magic Eraser”

Of course, Google is also upgrading its camera software. In fact, the Google Tensor chip is supposed to enable some of the most interesting camera shenanigans to date.

Leaked marketing material Shows the “magic eraser” feature that allows you to “easily delete strangers and unwanted objects” with just a few taps. Other notable camera improvements:

  • The Pixel 6 Pro features a 12MP ultra-wide-angle camera and a 48MP telephoto camera with 4x optical zoom (the regular Pixel 6 uses the former).
  • The field of view of the selfie camera is as wide as 94 degrees (this may be just a Pro feature)
  • Face Deblur allows you to sharpen the subject’s face while preserving the movement appearance of other elements of the photo (also known as slow shutter speeds).
  • “Motion mode” seems to work a little the same. This allows you to maintain a low shutter speed while keeping the main subject sharp on some sides of the image.
  • Google says it has improved the way it handles skin tones.

Leak: Wireless charging can be fast, but there is no charger in the box

new Wireless charger The Pixel 6 Duo (with a cooling fan) will be one of the fastest charging smartphones on the US market. Rumor has it that either 23W has been pointed out, lagging behind only the OnePlus 50W charger. By comparison, most phones charge wirelessly at 10 or 15W.

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